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Stephen R.

Stephen R.

Joined on 04/24/03

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Most Favorable Review

Nice deal on an upgradeable router

Netgear WNR3500L-100NAR Wireless-N Router RangeMax Opensource with USB
Netgear WNR3500L-100NAR Wireless-N Router RangeMax Opensource with USB

Pros: Gigabit switch. Firmware upgradeable to DD-WRT or Tomato-USB

Cons: None yet - it's only been a week

Overall Review: I’ve only had my WNR-3500L running for about a week, after loading Tomato-USB firmware on it in a two-step process. If you want to load DD-WRT, or Tomato-USB firmware , I found the following websites essential for study: http://www.myopenrouter.com http://www.dd-wrt.com http://www.tomatousb.org 1. A refurbished 3500L comes in several “flavors,” and what you get definitely constrains your choices about what firmware version you can use. Mine is a straight 3500L. Myopenrouter.com is probably the site that has the clearest focus on WNR-3500L differences, how to recognize them, etc. 2. www.dd-wrt.com covers basics of firmware upgrading the best. The “30-30-30” reset is an essential part of the process - know it cold. Firmware I used: dd-wrt.v24-13309_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-WNR3500L.chk (1) tomato-K26USB-1.28.9054-MIPSR2-beta-Ext.trx (2) Rename the .trx extension to .bin before upgrading

Most Critical Review

Great CPU - Terrible Packaging

AMD Athlon 64 3400+ - Athlon 64 Newcastle Single-Core 2.4 GHz Socket 754 Processor - ADA3400AEP4AX
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ - Athlon 64 Newcastle Single-Core 2.4 GHz Socket 754 Processor - ADA3400AEP4AX

Pros: After some "out of the ordinary" work (see below), 3400+ is running fast and cool. This will be a nice upgrade from my 3000+.

Cons: Shipping box was not full of packing peanuts, and before opening I could tell something was rattling around inside. Once the box was open I found that the small container for the CPU had opened (..it wasn't secured shut) and the CPU had slipped out. I found the processor tucked between some folds in the box with a few pins bent slightly. I took time to slowly straighten the pins (about 5-10 minutes), and was finally successful in getting it into the ZIF socket.

Overall Review: Up to this time I've experienced excellent service from NewEgg. I hope this is not an indication of any "growing pains." NewEgg will still be my vendor of choice for computer parts.

Performing well - as expected

Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX200SSD3
Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT250MX200SSD3

Pros: SSD replaced an older Crucial 64G mSATA drive used in a Lenovo E430 laptop as the Windows boot drive. The need was for more storage capacity. Performance is not noticably faster. I have confidence the reliability will be as good as the Crucial SSD it replaced.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Three year old laptop that serves my needs as well as any 2015 model could - 200G SSD, 16G RAM memory, 500G hyrbrid hard drive, Intel i5 CPU, etc.

Nice boot drive for laptop

Crucial M4 64GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD3
Crucial M4 64GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD3

Pros: Straight forward installation in a Lenovo E430 laptop. Migrated the boot partition using Paragon Hard Disk Mgr. without difficulty. Win7 WEI score for data transfer rate = 7.9

Cons: None so far (to early to tell)

Overall Review: I've also used this msata card in a SYBA SY-ADA40050 Mini-SATA to 2.5" SATA Adapter with success in a desktop PC.

12/14/2012

Great bang for the buck

BIOSTAR Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card VA4673NH51-B
BIOSTAR Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card VA4673NH51-B

Pros: Quiet fans allows this card to run cool at 38 - 40C for light work. Windows 7 WEI increased from 4.9 (Radeon 4550) to 5.9, with addition of this card being the only change. No extra power required, as has been mentioned before.

Cons: It's early, but none to speak of so far.

Nice USB adapter

Linksys WUSB100-RM RangePlus Wireless Network Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
Linksys WUSB100-RM RangePlus Wireless Network Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Good speed and easy installation. Use the "update drivers" method instead of immediately running the installation CD included with the hardware. Based on other comments, I tried the approach of immediately downloading the latest hardware drivers and installing them - without success. Plan B - use the Linksys CD and trying "update" (Control Panel | System) worked like a charm. I also tried using a connecting USB cable to place the adapter more conveniently, and that didn't work. It had to be connected directly to a motherboard USB port to work.

Cons: No major complaints. Great value so far.